Big rig goes off Burbank freeway; driver injured

A motorist driving a semi-truck escaped with minor injuries when his big rig went off an off-ramp from the Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank Sunday and onto the street below, authorities said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, the Burbank Fire Department reported.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 5:58 a.m. to the freeway at the Empire Avenue off-ramp. Paramedics took the motorist to a hospital with minor injuries.

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The crashed and jackknifed truck was blocking the off-ramp and the right lane on southbound I-5, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP issued a SigAlert, which was later canceled, but the offramp and lanes were expected to remain closed until at least 7 p.m. for guardrail repair, CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said.

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